World Day against Trafficking in Persons

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Sofia, Bulgaria. NGO Animus Crises Center and Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. Photo: UNODC/Alessandro Scotti

Every year, millions of children, women and men fall into the hands of traffickers, lured by fake promises and deceit. Human trafficking has become a global multi-billion-dollar enterprise, affecting nearly every country in the world.

Today, there are millions of people whose liberty, dignity and essential human rights have been stolen. They are coerced into sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude, forced begging and stealing, and even compelled to “sell” skin and organs.

But we can change that. Together.

On the 2018 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, UNODC focuses on
‘responding to the trafficking of children and young people’. This year’s campaign highlights the fact that almost a third of trafficking victims are children. Hence, the theme draws attention to the issues faced by trafficked children and to possible action initiatives linked to safeguarding and ensuring justice for child victims.

You can show your solidarity with victims of human trafficking by:

  • Downloading the information brochure on UNODC’s work
  • Donating to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking,
  • Promoting social media messages for the World Day.


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